Mozart's Idomeneo From the Vienna State Opera

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mozart's 'domeneo' from the Vienna State Opera. Mozart's 'domeneo' from the Vienna State Opera. (Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn)

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Mozart's Idomeneo is a masterpiece that’s only beginning to gain its rightful place in the composer's canon. The opera does have an outlandish plot — complete with conniving gods and a carniverous sea monster — but it’s also blessed with some of Mozart’s most beautiful music and a troupe of opera’s most touchingly human characters.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Mozart's trendsetting, and trend-breaking Idomeneo, from the Vienna State Opera. Tenor Michael Schade stars in the demanding title role, in a production led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

Cast:

Idomeneo: Michael Schade (tenor)
Ilia: Chen Reiss (soprano)
Idamante: Margarita Gritskova (mezzo-soprano)
Elektra: Maria Bengtson (soprano) 
Arbace: Pavel Kolgatin (tenor) 
High Priest: Carlos Osuna (tenor )
Oracle of Neptune: Sorin Coliban (bass)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Comments [1]

Carol from NYC

This is one of his greatest operas! (my humble opinion) Besides the arias, the ensemble music is wondrous!! I was first introduced to it in the 70's and I've loved this opera ever since. I play my 3 recordings of it - each with their own interpretations - whenever I get the chance. Long live Mozart!!

Dec. 07 2014 10:17 AM

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